Practical Nursing

Program of Study

Practical Nursing

Direct to Work

Applications Cycle Is Closed!

The practical nursing program will start summer semester 2019!

Please join us for an information session about the program on March 12, 3:00 p.m. at CCD's Confluence Building, room 107, located on the Auraria Campus (800 Curtis Street, Denver). No reservations required. We will also host an information session at the Center for Health Sciences at Lowry, room 233 (1070 Alton Way, Denver) on Tuesday, April 2nd, 4 -5:00 p.m. Questions? Please call 303.365.8300.

CCD's practical nursing certificate program will teach you to care for the physical needs of patients while promoting their health, healing and wellness.

You will learn how to provide basic patient care, administer medications and document medical charts. You'll also develop leadership skills that will prepare you to excel in your career. Our one-year program offers in-classroom learning, hands-on practice in patient simulation labs as well as 400 hours of clinical rotation in local health care agencies. CCD will provide you with a well-rounded nursing education.

The program is approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing. The program is applying for national accreditation with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Pending national accreditation, practical nursing graduate's future educational options and career opportunities may be limited.

The program prepares you to take the NCLEX-PN national licensing examination and for employment in many healthcare settings.

Currently, the program is not eligible for financial aid. Due to this restriction, once a student is accepted into the program, you are expected to pay for the semester or make arrangements through the cashier's office.

As a practical nurse (PN), you will have access to varying employment opportunities.

  • In long-term care facilities, the PN is often the team leader providing care to multiple residents.
  • In outpatient clinic settings, the PN works in collaboration with doctors in treating and educating patients.
  • In-home healthcare settings, the autonomous PN provides in-home care to patients ranging in age from pediatric to geriatric.
  • In hospitals, PNs provide routine care in many different departments with varying duties.

Applications Are Now Closed! Next application cycle will begin spring 2020.

To be accepted into the program, you must be CPR (Basic Life Support) certified, have taken nurse aide training or have experience working as a nursing assistant and must have completed three prerequisite classes.